Madonna, Debi Mazar and Daze photographed by Beth Baptiste, 1982.
“These photos were from a photo shoot by Beth Baptiste. I was invited to be a part of the shoot by Debi Mazar, who was a really good friend at the time. Debi was close to Madonna (for a while she served as her personal makeup artist and even went on tour with her) I was also friends with Madonna, as well as Adolpho Sanchez, Timmy, and Dontay. We were all part of the New York City downtown club scene. Going to the Roxy every Friday, Danceteria during the week, hanging at the Fun Gallery and going to openings every night. I think what Beth was trying to show was how diverse the scene was. The shoot took place on the street in Hell’s Kitchen, pretty far west. Madonna was not yet a big star. She just had one single out called “Everybody,” that’s it. We were all trying to make our way in the big world, trying to navigate through a scene that was sometimes difficult. We would all go on to become successful in some way. Obviously Madonna eventually became an icon.”
THE NACIONAL SIBLINGS! (Tribute art to the National Museum of the Philippines)
ink on paper
digitally colored in Adobe Photoshop CC
Meet the Museum Trio: Sergio, Antonio & Faustino Nacional! The gorgeous daddies of Old Manila! inspired by the three structures of National Museum of the Philippines.
Sergio is a gritty old man with burning passion for all forms of art. He is the eldest brother. The creases on his face represent the many years of his dedication to uplift the status of fine arts in the country. Despite his stoic face, Sergio is surprisingly approachable and warm. He is the National Arts Gallery
Antonio is one of the Nacional twins. An anthropologist who dedicated most of his life documenting the complex culture across all of Philippines’ history. Antonio is obviously an intellectual being but is never arrogant to think he knows everything. He represents the National Museum of Anthropology
Faustino is the younger another half of the Nacional twins. Had a sudden change of heart when he came back home from traveling all over the country. Now he’s a naturalist eager to share more about Philippine’s incomparable natural wonders. He is the National Museum of Natural History
Together, the Nacional brothers will always be there to promote our countries invaluable heritage!
The buildings are in Neoclassical style so their clothes are neoclassical too! However, I added a local flavor to it by blending it with our very own illustrado fashion and styling.
For Sergio, (S - Sining (art in Filipino)) I wanted his look to be minimal, manly yet with a hint of flamboyance or grace.
As for Antonio (Ant - anthropology), I added okir patterns on his coat to relate his clothes with the indigenous arts of Filipinos.
As for Faustino (Fau- Fauna), I went for cool shades of color present in Philippine nature particularly its water and rainforests. I also added an umbrella with a somewhat modern geometric pattern to go with his neoclassical look. that represents the tree of life which is a part of the drastic overhaul of the museum (which will open very soon!) His coat is also adorned with the national flower of the Philippines which is known as the Waling Waling or Vanda sanderiana. It is considered to be one of the three most beautiful flowers in the world (The other two, I believe, are Rhododendron and Cattleya)
I am so proud of this art! I finally was able to draw something I think that is relevant to my country, not to mention that this combined my interest in visual arts, fashion, architecture, and literature and that this is entirely different from my usual subjects (which are my two gay OCs). I am so inspired by the artists I have discovered and befriended in Fb and Ig who are Jap Mikel, Redge Tolentino, Brent Sabas, and Japhers. I would like to thank them for making opuses that matter. I made this art as a thank you to the effort of the stakeholders to uplift the status of the museum of the Philippines! There is so much overhaul that is happening in the old district that it’s really exciting!